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The Death of Eli Gold by David Baddiel

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Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts at the Hay Festival on 30 May 2011.

The new novel from David Baddiel, comedian, columnist and author of the critically-praised The Secret Purposes.

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The Death of Eli Gold by David Baddiel

The new novel from David Baddiel, comedian, columnist and author of the critically-praised The Secret Purposes. In New York's Mt. Sinai hospital, the world's greatest living writer, Eli Gold, is dying. Witnessing his death are his precocious 8-year-old daughter by his present (fifth) wife, his anxiety-ridden 44-year-old son from his third marriage, and his 89-year-old first wife, watching on TV from a care home in London. And also, secretly, his fourth wife's fundamentalist Mormon brother, who has never got over his sister's death in a suicide pact with Eli, a suicide pact that he, Eli, survived. The Death of Eli Gold is a comedy, a thriller, and a meditation on love, death, aging, sex, fame, and the idea - the dying idea - of The Great Man.


Praise for The Secret Purposes: 'Page-turning, cleverly constructed ! an entertaining book

'A satisfying, brave novel'

'An intriguing novel about history and truth ! The intelligence and inquiry of this book will surprise many'

'Wonderful ! brilliantly realised'

'It is a sombre, clever book, but, being Baddiel, is irradiated by flashes of dark humour'
Sally Vickers, SPECTATOR

About the Author

David Baddiel

David Baddiel was born in 1964 in Troy, New York, but grew up and lives in London. He is a comedian, television writer, columnist and author of three previous novels, of which the most recent is The Secret Purposes.

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Publication date

3rd March 2011


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Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers




Literary Fiction
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